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« Reply #4290 on: June 01, 2008, 10:55:42 PM »

So today's IMDB poll question was "How will you best remember Harvey Korman?"   And the 1-2 answers were:  1) As Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles;  2) I am not familiar with Harvey Korman's work.   That's a shame.  But in light of current, local events...maybe not so surprising.

Last week I saw Diabolique, the original French version. It was excellent, and even moreso for the  reason that I've seen Hush..Hush, Sweet Charlotte about 85 times; and they use -- call it an homage or a rip-off, it's up to you -- the vanishing corpse plot point that played a pivotal role in Diabolique.  Despite being wise to the plot twist, I was still intrigued enough to stick with the flick instead of just saying "the mistress and the corpse are in cahoots" and flipping the channel. Plus, it was funny - the French detective was totally the inspiration for Columbo; and for me, he made the movie more interesting than Simone Signoret did. 

Apropos of nothing, I get the feeling the Sharon Stone Diabolique re-hash was made solely because Ms. Stone closely (physically) resembles Ms. Singoret in the original, which is a piss-poor reason to reinterpret a classic. Of course, I'd probably be wiser to see the Sharon Stone version before saying that, but hey.

I also saw Breaking Away for the umpteenth time, and I still love it.  It nails the small-town, underdog feel (IMO, from what I know of it), and I just can't fight the warm fuzzies when Paul Dooley is riding a bike at the end.

Did I hear scuttlebutt that Sex and the City took the box office crown this weekend? Bleccchhh.  Who knew vapid women could cough up enough money after all their shoe purchases for a movie ticket?  Not me.
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« Reply #4291 on: June 01, 2008, 11:36:52 PM »

"Breaking Away" is a championship movie for "townies" everywhere, real or imagined.

Paul Dooley is great, and Christopher __ is as well, a testament to the idea that you don't really have to spend money to make a good movie, on the short list for sho.

Yeah, The shoe one did $50M, I guess it's some sort of future marxist tutorial, or the reason for a new jihad, I mean, do you see these BITCHES??

Anyway, I saw "Iron Man" with the Sigboth, who said "I'm surprised how much I liked it...," and I thought the movie did a good job of balancing things and only burdened the adults with 15 min. of CGI toward the end.  I actually think it's one of the better Paltrow performances ever, because it's hard to be subtle and be a "type," like she is in "Iron Man," but she makes real the person and the "secretary walk" that she does, or "business girl" walk vs. "model walk" or just thinking about how Pepper Potts walks was worth the price of admission all by itself...I thought she was very funny.

I did wait around for all the endless credits to see Sam Jackson, and I would advise people that it's really not worth waiting for the joke as Favreau thanks 25 "drivers," and basically everybody who had anything to do with the film, and I think he even inserted some people that he forgot from "Elf...," but he did make a good movie that was quick and smart, the way Summer fare should be...
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« Reply #4292 on: June 02, 2008, 12:19:05 AM »

Am watching "Backbeat," at the moment," much better than I thought--I guess I ignored it ironically as a "Beatle's fan," but I was 22 in 1994 when it came out and I thought I was too smart for somebody to make a Beatle's movie, it seemed like an insult from the inception of the idea, but as it focuses on Sutcliffe, and the guy that plays John a revelation, the "pitch" makes sense, and the movie is good.
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« Reply #4293 on: June 02, 2008, 12:37:56 AM »

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"Breaking Away" is a championship movie for "townies" everywhere, real or imagined.

Paul Dooley is great, and Christopher __ is as well, a testament to the idea that you don't really have to spend money to make a good movie, on the short list for sho.

Hear, hear, (or See, see, or even si, si)  Dennis Christopher (whatever happened to...no, don't really want to know) as well as Daniel Stern (still loved his one-liners, esp. about his dad being so good about his failures--and planning a new one 'cause his dad's b'day was coming up!), and Dennis Quaid, and "Moocher" Jackie Earle Haley who was so perfectly creepily heartbreakingly good in Little Children.  Paul Dooley was indeed wonderful ("No, I'm a cutter." and can't recall how many times the "No "ini" food" speech has been recited in our household, but so was Barbara Barrie...never mind Jamie Lee Curtis waxing amorous upon hearing Italian in A Fish Called Wanda, Barrie did it ever so better [Never fear, barton, you're not seeing the genesis of another weird movie trivia question].  Also and btw, quite a fine movie about American class distinctions, with nary a "lesson" to be drawn therefrom, just keen observation.

Did I say I really liked this movie?
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« Reply #4294 on: June 02, 2008, 02:29:54 AM »

Yeah, because even where there is class distinction in every town, every town is not a "college town," where sometimes athletes don't make it "collegial," even though everybody knows there are stronger, faster, not necessarily smarter, and family-screwed out there...it's a very good movie.  And you have the aspect of the imagination of the lead to pretend his way into believing in himself and into a sport that's really not "American," the way Dennis Quaid fails, in a memorable way.
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« Reply #4295 on: June 02, 2008, 09:56:42 AM »

I have never feared the genesis of weird trivia questions.

I do fear ever having to watch films like Sex and the City.   BTW, I have to ask this, but what is the appeal of Sarah J. Parker?? I mean, I've never watched that series or much of anything else with her, except LA Story and a few film trailers for romantic comedies, so maybe I just haven't had enough SJP exposure to get her whole mystique.  Is it that she seems to be the only actress around who has the guts to leave a prominent proboscis untouched by the scalpel?  If so, that is worthy of admiration.  I mean, yeah, if some day she turns up looking like a shikse, that would be disappointing. 



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« Reply #4296 on: June 02, 2008, 11:08:46 AM »

Her looks have been charitably described as "equestran," but that said, I would have sex with her in the city of her choice.  Smiley))

No, but at least she now has made more dough than the bank that her husband made on another box-office smash "Inspector Gadget..."

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« Reply #4297 on: June 02, 2008, 11:17:44 AM »

I'm glad that you would inspect her gadget, but when did the Bottle start using emoticons? 

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« Reply #4298 on: June 02, 2008, 12:01:00 PM »

On the rare occasion that I make a joke.
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« Reply #4299 on: June 02, 2008, 12:02:20 PM »

No, it's just because it was such an obvious and dumb joke that I thought it was necessay.   Cry
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« Reply #4300 on: June 02, 2008, 01:16:20 PM »

Another emoticon!  Just stay there, help is on the way.  I've contacted a semiotics specialist, and he's got a very good record of talking people off the ledge.

I'll give Backbeat a look.  This is also the 40th anniv. of the White Album and that seems to have been an excuse for some radio stations to spin a lot of Beatleiana.   

Just found Blood Diamond at my local public library, which means I can see it for free -- I'm getting spoiled these days since the PL started seriously developing its DVD collection.

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« Reply #4301 on: June 02, 2008, 01:54:47 PM »

Whenever I find that I've used an emoticon, I say "I dunno, I just typed something and (Elba, whatever) converted it into an emoticon."  It happens legitimately sometimes, so it's a convenient fallback explanation.

As for SJP, she's definitely not a classic beauty, but I find her personality attractive.  She comes off (IMO) as fairly down to earth and genuine, which is tough to find in a person in her industry. Maybe I just fall for the snow job, who knows. But if I had to have SJP (and I like her nose!) or, say, Denise Richards for a BFF, SJP would get the nod in a heartbeat.  Not stunning looking but normal acting wins over beautiful but clinically insane any day. Much as I like SJP, I still can't stomach Sex and the City; a pretty good friend of mine is a big fan, and I weep for her when she goes into that mode.

Tangential to the SJP topic, when I see a gaggle of Hollywood-type women (and they're everywhere, not just in the land of H) and they all have the same bobbed nose, fish lips, and perpetually surprised expression, I just get the willies.  So I'll take SJP's regular nose (and Jennifer Grey's original nose too, for that matter) any day.
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« Reply #4302 on: June 02, 2008, 02:04:32 PM »

 

Harrie~~

Ditto all of the above -- plus one of the more memorable/likeable SJP roles for me was her as a witch -- can't recall the title.  I do recall reading somewhere that she was "voted" the least sexiest woman by some magazine, to which she took great offense. 

But what I'm here to ask now is regarding Ironman.  Anyone seen it yet?
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« Reply #4303 on: June 02, 2008, 02:13:30 PM »

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Check out jbottle's post #4291, I think it is, for some Iron Man info.
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« Reply #4304 on: June 02, 2008, 02:24:10 PM »

Was Hocus Pocus the SJP witch movie?  (with Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy)

I wonder what this means for Indiana Jones 4, though.  For example, Iron Man held the top spot for a couple of weeks, and still comes out in the Top 5 a month after its release.  IJ4, on the other hand, after scads of publicity and promotion, holds the top spot for exactly one week.  Was he just overrun by women this once, and he'll recover his box office next week?  Or will the drop become precipitous?  How will Indy get out of this one?  (Sorry, couldn't help that last remark. But I am curious to see how this shakes out.)
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